Category: Match Preview


Dover make a visit to the the oldest continuous football ground in English football bidding to end their current slump in form.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men have lost three consecutive league games, with their latest defeat, a 2-0 loss at King’s Lynn Town, coming 10 days ago due to Whites’ exit from the FA Cup last month at the Fourth Qualifying Round stage.

Meanwhile, despite also being knocked out of the FA Cup at the same stage, Maidenhead were in action on Saturday, losing 2-0 away to Altrincham.

Despite losing their first three league games, our hosts on Tuesday night were unbeaten in seven league matches prior to last weekend’s loss in Lancashire, a run that moved the Magpies into the top six on the National League table.

Dover took all three points in this fixture last season, with Nassim L’Ghoul scoring the winner after Kurtis Cumberbatch had earlier put the away side ahead before Danny Whitehall levelled for The Magpies.

Although they were in the relegation zone when last season was curtailed due to the global pandemic, Maidenhead narrowly stayed up on points per game, with Ebbsfleet going down in their place.

Magpies boss Alan Devonshire made 12 signings over the summer as the side from York Road looked to improve on their finishing position last season.

Manny Parry, who played all but 202 minutes for Dover during the 2017-18 season joined from Woking. The centre-back is experienced at this level having joined Whites from Braintree in 2017, before moving to Boreham Wood a year later.

Sam Barratt spent four seasons at Maidenhead between 2014-2018. He would then spend two seasons at Southend before rejoining the Berkshire side in the summer.

Maidenhead became Nathan Blissett’s ninth National League team in his career, with the forward amassing over 190 games in the division so far.  The tall forward has also made appearances in the EFL with Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and the now defunct Macclesfield Town.

Shaun Donnellan joined the club this summer from fellow National League side Woking.  The midfielder, capped at under-21 level for the Republic of Ireland, has National League experience with Dagenham & Redbridge, Maidstone United and the aforementioned Woking.  He also has EFL experience with Walsall and Yeovil.

After being released by Cheltenham Town at the end of last season, Rohan Ince has joined the Berkshire side, his first club outside of the EFL.  After being on the books at Chelsea at the start of his career, he went on to make EFL appearances for Brighton, Fulham, Swindon, Bury and Cheltenham.

Dan Sparkes has reunited with Devonshire after leaving Barnet to join the club. Sparkes played under The Magpies boss at Braintree, whilst Jerry Wiltshire joined the club having spent most of his career in the lower leagues in the USA.

Josh Coley, Danilo Orso-Dadomo and George Wells have all moved up from a lower division to join the club, with the trio joining from Stotfold, Hampton & Richmond Borough and Slough Town, respectively.

Finally, goalkeepers Joshua Oluwayemi and Taye Ashby-Hammond joined the club on loan from Tottenham and Fulham, respectively.

Maidenhead’s Player to Watch

New signing Barratt has been in incredible form this season and is top scorer in the league with nine goals from The Magpies’ first 11 games.


This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £10 on Maidenhead’s streaming service.

Details on how to find a streaming pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Tuesday’s National League Fixtures

Chesterfield Vs Aldershot Town

King’s Lynn Town Vs Bromley

Solihull Moors Vs Hartlepool

Wealdstone Vs Torquay United

Woking Vs Sutton United

Wrexham Vs Altrincham

Yeovil Town Vs Eastleigh

Wednesday’s National League Fixtures 

Dagenham & Redbridge Vs Notts County

FC Halifax Town Vs Barnet


Andy Hessenthaler’s side travel to Norfolk on Saturday aiming to bounce back from Tuesday’s night disappointing defeat.

Whites were hit for five for the second time at home this season – their sixth league loss so far this campaign.

Meanwhile, our hosts on Saturday have picked up six points from their last three games.  The linnets have beaten Woking and Barnet in recent weeks, as well as knocking League Two Port Vale out of the FA Cup, with a second round trip to League One Portsmouth their reward.

The Linnets were promoted to the National League last season on points per game at the expense of York City when the season was curtailed due to the pandemic.

Dover are no strangers to the The Walks Stadium, having played there last season in the FA Trophy First Round Proper.  It was the hosts who advanced to the next round on that occasion, winning 4-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw.

Town have brought in nine players for this season, including Jamar Loza who has a Premier League appearance for Norwich to his name, coming on as a second half substitute in the Canaries 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in 2014.

Since leaving Norwich, he has played in the National League with Maidstone United and Woking, before moving back to Norfolk this summer when he signed for King’s Lynn.

Cameron King and Simon Power have both joined the club for the second time in their careers. King, who has joined from FC Halifax Town played for The Linnets in 2018 before moving to Halifax, whilst Power has started his second loan spell at the club.

Like Loza, King also started his career and Norwich, whilst Power is currently on loan at The Linnets from the Championship side.

Kyle Callan-McFadden, who joined the club on Friday morning and is also a graduate of the Norwich City youth academy, joined the club after spells in the USA and Ireland with Orlando City B and Sligo Rovers, respectively.

Kairo Mitchell, a product of the Leicester City academy, joined the club after spells in non-league with Nuneaton and Coalville Town. At the beginning of October he signed for fellow Kent side Dartford, however only 20 days later he signed for The Linnets. The Grenadan international has also scored three times for his country.

Finally, Tai Fleming joined the club after completing a two year scholarship at Yeovil, whilst Archie Mair, Danny Lupano and Kyle Barker have joined on loan from Norwich, Hull and Peterborough, respectively.

King’s Lynn’s Player to Watch

New signing Loza has scored four goals in his last three league games, including both goals in their 2-0 win against Barnet on Tuesday night.


This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £12 on King’s Lynn’s streaming service.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Saturday’s National League Fixtures 

Boreham Wood Vs Altrincham

Chesterfield Vs Notts County

FC Halifax Town Vs Torquay United

Maidenhead United Vs Bromley

Wealdstone Vs Sutton United (5:20pm)

Woking Vs Barnet

Wrexham Vs Aldershot Town

Yeovil Town Vs Hartlepool United



Manager Andy Hessenthaler’s men are back in action on Tuesday after an extended break from National League football.

An early FA Cup exit and the postponement of the trip to Wealdstone last weekend due to COVID-19 issues mean Dover have not played since the 1-0 home defeat to Altrincham on the last day of October.

Tuesday’s match was given the green light after all Dover players and staff tested negative for COVID-19.

Woking have played two games in November, drawing 1-1 with Yeovil Town after bowing out of the FA Cup 3-2 to Gillingham despite being two goals ahead.

The Cards took all three points in a dramatic game in this fixture last season, coming from 1-0 down to win 2-1.  Ricky Modeste had slotted 10-man Dover ahead after Kurtis Cumberbatch received an early red card.  Jake Hyde leveled on the half-hour mark and Tony Edser curled in a late winner.

Both teams were only able to play each other once last campaign, with the match at the Laithwaite Stadium, postponed due to the pandemic.

Woking boss Alan Dowson has added a number of players this season, including loanees from the EFL.

Josh Davison and Ben Dempsey have joined on loan from Charlton Athletic, with Both players having featured in the Championship for the Addicks.

Meanwhile, Koran Lofthouse, Slavi Spasov, and Malachi Napa have all joined on loan from Oxford United, with the latter two also making appearances for their parent club. Napa also has played in League Two for now-defunct club Macclesfield Town.

Tyler Reid and Sam Cartwright have also joined from West Brom and Peterborough United respectively.

Dowson has also signed John Goddard on a free transfer from Ebbsfleet. The winger has previous experience of playing in the Football League with Swindon and Stevenage, but in more recent years he has played in the National League with Bromley, Aldershot, and the aforementioned Fleet.

Charlie Cooper also moved to Woking this summer from FC Halifax Town. Like Goddard he has spent the last few seasons in the National League with Boreham Wood and Halifax, but he also featured higher up the football pyramid with Newport and Forest Green Rovers.

Cooper was part of the Rovers’ promotion-winning squad to League Two in 2017.

Finally, former Arsenal and Manchester United youth player Tyler Reid joined the club after leaving Swindon Town in October.

The Cards also have ex-England international and former Premier League player Matt Jarvis on their books.  The 34-year-old, who has over 200 Premier League games to his name, scored on his debut for the Surrey side last season against Maidenhead United.

Woking’s Player to Watch

New signing Davison is in red-hot form at the moment, having scored four in his last five games in all competitions.


This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £8 on DAFCtv.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Tuesday’s National League Fixtures 

Aldershot Town Vs Maidenhead United

Altrincham Vs Chesterfield

Barnet Vs King’s Lynn Town

Bromley Vs Boreham Wood

Eastleigh Vs Wealdstone

FC Halifax Town Vs Notts County

Hartlepool United Vs Wrexham

Sutton United Vs Dagenham & Redbridge


Saturday’s National League game away at Wealdstone FC has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues.

Our staff and players were tested at Crabble this morning and with the results not being known until tomorrow at the earliest, under COVID Protocols we will not be allowed to travel until these results are known.

We were made aware of the situation on Thursday evening and we acted immediately, arranging for all the squad and staff to be tested privately on Friday morning.

The protocol requires tests based on symptoms – as soon as reported, tests were booked.

Regular testing is not a requirement at our level.

A new date for the match will be arranged as soon as possible.


Dover will be on the hunt for a second consecutive home win on Saturday following their dramatic win at Crabble against Eastleigh in midweek.

Ade Azeez’s late winner on Tuesday proved crucial as Whites moved out of the relegation zone and up to 16th on the National League ladder.

This weekend’s opponents Altrincham are without a league win this campaign so far and currently occupy the final the bottom of the table.  The Greater Manchester side have proved a tough opponent, drawing three of their four October league matches and also have two games in hand following recent postponements against Solihull Moors and Bromley after a number of their players tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month.

It has been over four years since Whites last played Alty, with visitors Dover 2-1 victors on the day.  After going behind through Michael Rankine, two goals in seven second half minutes from Ricky Miller and Stefan Payne won it for Dover.

The Robins were relegated that same season and following a further relegation a year later, they are now back in the National League after beating Boston United 1-0 in last campaign’s National League North Playoff Final.

Phil Parkinson has brought in six players so far.  Ritchie brings Football League experience after joining from League Two Morecambe.   The defender also spent time with Stafford Rangers, Northwich Victoria, Mansfield, Tranmere and Barrow.

Another signing, winger Matty Kosylo, has played in all of Alty’s games so far this season, after joining from AFC Fylde having signed from FC Halifax Town a year prior.

Matt Gould has joined as a player/goalkeeping coach after a stint with National League North side Spennymoor Town.

Fisayo Adarabioyo, who started his career in the Manchester City youth academy, signed having previously playing for Dutch sides NAC Breda and FC Oss. Alty is his third club of 2020 after joining Northern Premier League side Warrington Town in February, Curzon Ashton in August and finally Altrincham in October.

Max Clayton and Darren Potter, who both dropped from full-time to part-time football to join Altrincham, left the club after playing one game each.

Altrincham’s Player to Watch

Attacking midfielder Josh Hancock was joint top scorer for The Robins in their promotion campaign and despite not scoring yet this season, he has started every game so far. He also scored in the first two rounds of their playoff campaign last season.


This game will be played behind closed doors, however you can watch the game for £8 with our all new and improved streaming service.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Saturday’s National League Fixtures 

Bromley Vs Eastleigh

Hartlepool Vs Torquay United (5.20pm)

King’s Lynn Town Vs Woking

Maidenhead United Vs Solihull Moors

Stockport County Vs Weymouth

Yeovil Town Vs Chesterfield


After Saturday’s penalty shootout loss to Yeovil in the FA Cup, Andy Hessenthaler’s men turn their focus back to the National League.

Despite coming from behind twice to draw 3-3 with The Glovers at Huish Park on Saturday, Whites were unable to reach the first round for the first time in three seasons.  Meanwhile our opponents this evening advanced to the first round proper with a 3-1 home win against Weston-Super-Mare.

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires are currently unbeaten after their first four league games.  Following up their 5-1 thrashing of Barnet on the opening day of the campaign with another win and two draws.

It was a very different Dover side who took all three points in this fixture last season, with a brace from Inih Effiong helping Whites to a 3-1 victory.

Both teams were only able to play each other once last campaign as the global pandemic caused the game at the Silverlake Stadium to be postponed.

Manager Strevens has brought in six players over the summer, including Abdulai Bell-Baggie from a Weymouth side promoted from the National South last season.

Prior to playing over 100 games for the Terriers, Bell-Baggie also played for Stockport County and Poole Town.

The winger made an instant impact, scoring his side’s fifth on his debut against Barnet.

Joe McDonnell and Pierce Bird have also been brought in from fellow National League side Notts County.

McDonnell has previous non-league experience with Basingstoke Town, Hendon, Hampton and Richmond and Harrow Borough, as well as experience in League One and League Two with AFC Wimbledon.  Pierce meanwhile, started his career in the East Midlands Counties League with Dunkirk, before moves to Leek Town, Alfreton Town, Grantham Town and Boston United.

Another of their signings, Joe Tomlinson, was chosen as the 2019/20 National League South Young Player of the Season as captain of Hungerford Town.

Finally, centre-forwards Dan Smith and Ben House also joined the club from Bognor Regis Town and Reading respectively.

Smith joined Bognor Regis after a prolific loan spell on the south coast, where he netted 28 goals in 38 games during two separate spells. The frontman opened his account for Eastleigh in their win against Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday.

House has been arguably Eastleigh’s player to watch so far after scoring three in his opening two matches, including a brace against Torquay United.  He started his career in the Reading academy and had a loan spell at fellow National League club Dagenham & Redbridge last season.


This game will be played behind closed doors, however you can watch the game for £8 with our all new and improved streaming service.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Tuesday’s National League Fixtures

Aldershot Town Vs Torquay United

Boreham Wood Vs Woking

Bromley Vs Weymouth

Hartlepool United Vs Altrincham

King’s Lynn Town Vs Wealdstone

Maidenhead United Vs Dagenham & Redbridge

Stockport County Vs Solihull Moors

Wrexham Vs Barnet

Yeovil Town Vs Sutton United


Andy Hessenthaler’s side take a break from National League competition this weekend as they travel to Somerset to begin their Emirates FA Cup campaign.

Last season’s Cup journey saw Whites reach the Second Round Proper, where they were beaten by League One side Peterborough United, having knocked out another side from the same division, Southend United, in the previous round.

Dover will be hoping qualification for the first round proper for a third consecutive season can also boost their struggling league form, having lost four straight matches.

This weekend’s hosts are also without a victory this season, having drawn four and lost one of their five matches.

Both teams were victorious away from home by a single goal when the two clubs met last season.   Scott Doe’s second half finish live on BT Sport saw Athletic win the first meeting, with Marc Richards netting the only goal as the Glovers took the three points at Crabble four months later.

Yeovil signed nine players in the summer as they bid to return to the Football League following their relegation to non-league’s top tier in 2019, including former Premier League player Jimmy Smith.

Following an early spell with Chelsea, Smith has spent most of his career in League One and League Two with Leyton Orient, Stevenage and Crawley.  He joined The Glovers on a free transfer after a successful loan spell at Huish Park last campaign.

Yeovil boss Darren Sarll has also brought in Matt Warburton on loan from Northampton, a promotion-winner with the Cobblers last season and a player who was previously in the National League North with Curzon Ashton, Salford City and Stockport County.

Also signing on loan for the season are Jack Clarke from Aston Villa, Daniel Leadbitter from Newport County, Ryan Burke from Birmingham City and Adam Smith, who joins for his third loan spell from Forest Green Rovers after two previous spells last season.

Finally, Joe Quigley joined the club his contract at Dagenham and Redbridge was cancelled.   The tall striker made his debut last week as a substitute their goalless draw against the team he joined from last weekend.

Yeovil’s Player to Watch

Striker Rhys Murphy was top scorer for The Glovers last season with 17 goals and has netted once so far this season.


This game will be played behind closed doors, however you can watch the game for £9.99 through Yeovil’s streaming service ‘YTFC Live’.

Details on how to purchase the match can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.


Andy Hessenthaler’s side travel to in-form Torquay United on Saturday, looking to put Tuesday’s poor performance at Crabble behind them.

Tuesday night’s 5-0 home defeat against Aldershot Town saw Whites extend their losing streak to three matches following an opening day 1-0 victory against Notts County.

Meanwhile, Torquay have won three of their opening four league games, including a last-minute winner against Chesterfield in midweek.

A 2-0 win at Plainmoor in November 2017 was the last time Whites played at Plainmoor, with last season’s fixture cancelled following the curtailment of the season due to the Nationwide pandemic.

The two sides did meet in August 2019, though it was The Gulls who left Kent with three points thanks to a 2-1 win.

Of the current Dover squad, Will De Havilland, Oscar Gobern, Jack Munns and Bilel Hinchiri started that game at Crabble, with Yusuf Mersin, Kurtis Cumberbatch and Steve Rigg named as substitutes.

Summer signing Ade Azeez knows our hosts well, having spent two separate loan spells at the club during the 2013-14 campaign and last season.  Overall he scored three goals in 10 games for United.

Saturday afternoon’s hosts have made nine summer signings, including former Premier League player Dean Moxey.

Gary Warren and Andrew Nelson plied their trade in Scotland before their switch to Devon earlier this year.  Warren joined from Premiership side Inverness Caledonian Thistle and rejoins Torquay following three matches during a month-long loan spell last season, with Nelson signing from Championship club Dundee having previously been on the books at Sunderland.

Ex-Boreham Wood and Ebbsfleet striker Josh Umerah also joined, whilst Connor Lemonheigh-Evans has made his move to United a permanent one after three previous loan spells at Plainmoor.

Torquay’s Players to Watch

The Gulls snapped up striker Danny Wright to replace last season’s top scorer Jamie Reid, who moved to League Two side Mansfield Town in June.

Former Solihull Moors and Cheltenham Town man Wright, has already opened his account up for the new campaign, netting a last-minute penalty in their 2-1 victory against Bromley last weekend.

Asa Hall and Louis Britton have both scored twice.


This game will be played behind closed doors, however you can buy a match pass here via Torquay United’s website.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Saturday’s other National League Fixtures

Barnet Vs Hartlepool United

Chesterfield Vs Stockport County (5:20pm)

Dagenham & Redbridge Vs Yeovil Town

Eastleigh Vs Aldershot Town

Notts County Vs Maidenhead United

Solihull Moors Vs Boreham Wood

Wealdstone Vs Wrexham

Weymouth Vs King’s Lynn Town

Woking Vs FC Halifax Town




Dover won’t just welcome Aldershot to Crabble tonight, they will also welcome back a couple of familiar faces. 

Shadrach Ogie, who scored a brilliant solo goal in our 2-0 win in this fixture last season during a loan spell at Crabble, may well line up for our opponents having joined The Shots on a one-month loan from Orient earlier this month.

Visiting Goalkeeper Mitch Walker is no stranger to Dover supporters, having spent seven years with Athletic prior to his departure last year.

Dover and Aldershot will be looking to avoid an unwanted hattrick, with both sides losing back-to-back league matches.  Andy Hessenthaler’s men conceded three second half goals at Stockport County on Saturday afternoon, having lost 4-1 at Bromley four days earlier, with Town losing 2-1 to both Hartlepool and Sutton United.

The Shots did defeat Brentford B on Saturday in a friendly after their league match, scheduled for the same day, was cancelled due to the demise of Macclesfield Town.

Aldershot have added nine players to their squad for this season, including former Scotland International Ross McCormack on a free transfer following his release from Aston Villa at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

The 34-year-old featured in the Championship for the likes of Cardiff, Leeds, Fulham and Aston Villa, scoring 120 goals in 333 appearances.  He also netted for Glasgow Rangers against Portuguese giants and then European Champions League winners Porto in 2005.

Searle has appointed Jamie Sendles-White as his new captain following Dean Rance’s departure to Dagenham & Redbridge.  The defender won the National League South with Torquay United and has also been joined at the EBB Stadium by former Daggers forward Chike Kandi.

Aldershot’s Player to Watch

Striker Mo Bettamer scored his first of the season against Sutton last Tuesday and also netted twice against Brentford B in a friendly on Saturday.

He was also second top scorer last season for The Shots, only being beaten by Ethan Chislett, who joined AFC Wimbledon in the summer.


This game will be played behind closed doors, however you can watch the game for £8 with our all new and improved streaming service.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Tuesday’s National League Fixtures

Altrincham Vs Solihull Moors

Barnet Vs Weymouth

FC Halifax Town Vs Yeovil Town

Hartlepool Vs Bromley

King’s Lynn Town Vs Boreham Wood

Macclesfield Town Vs Eastleigh

Sutton United Vs Notts County

Torquay United Vs Chesterfield

Wealdstone Vs Stockport County

Woking Vs Dagenham & Redbridge


A first trip outside of Kent  this season awaits Andy Hessenthaler’s men when they travel to Stockport on Saturday.

Whites beat Notts County on the opening day, however the elation of that win soon turned to disappointment on Tuesday night with a 4-1 defeat at Kent rivals Bromley.

Meanwhile, Stockport made up for their opening day defeat at Torquay with a 2-1 victory against visiting FC Halifax Town.

Dover took all three points in this fixture last season thanks to a second half brace from Inih Effiong. However, Effiong is one of six players who started that day that have since left the club.

Only Josh Passley, Will De Havilland, Jack Munns, Oscar Gobern and Steve Rigg started that game and are still at the club, whilst Kurtis Cumberbatch and Paul Rooney who are also still under contract were on the bench.

This afternoon’s hosts have made 11 signings this summer, including John Rooney who scored 17 goals last season for Barrow as they were promoted to League Two.

They have also signed Jamie Stott on a permanent deal after two previous loan spells at the club.

Interestingly, County have also signed brothers Connor and James Jennings. Both have previous experience of playing in the EFL. Connor has played in the Football League with Tranmere, whilst older brother James has had spells in League Two with Macclesfield, Mansfield, Cheltenham and Morecambe.

Mark Kitching has also joined The Hatters this summer, signing from fellow National League side Hartlepool United. He scored the equaliser in his home debut for the club in their win against Halifax on Tuesday night.

Stockport’s Player to Watch 

As already mentioned, attacking midfielder John Rooney joined County from Barrow this summer and this season will be his ninth campaign in a row in the National League.

In the eight previous seasons he has played for four different clubs and has scored 70 goals and got 37 assists in 268 games.

His 17 goals last season had him tied for fourth in the overall goalscoring ranks and he was only three goals off the top spot.


This game will be played behind closed doors, however you can watch the game for £7.50 via Stockport’s live streaming service.

More details on how to buy your match pass is here

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Saturday’s other National League Fixtures

Boreham Wood Vs FC Halifax Town

Bromley Vs Torquay United

Chesterfield Vs Woking

Dagenham & Redbridge Vs Wealdstone (5:20pm)

Eastleigh Vs Altrincham

Maidenhead United Vs Hartlepool United

Notts County Vs Barnet

Solihull Moors Vs King’s Lynn Town

Weymouth Vs Sutton United

Yeovil Town Vs Wrexham